Lush Shampoo and Conditioner Bar, Most Disappointing Products Ever

I’ve been singing the praises of Lush lately so I thought I would try the Lush Shampoo and Conditioner bars. I’ve been loving their Halloween…


I’ve been singing the praises of Lush lately so I thought I would try the Lush Shampoo and Conditioner bars. I’ve been loving their Halloween and Christmas range. There’s no doubt that Lush wins for bath bombs and bubble bars.

I’ve always thought I wouldn’t be a fan of the shampoo and conditioner bars, but last time I went into Lush, I was also out of shampoo and conditioner. So after hearing great things about them, I thought I would pick some up and try for myself.

I just couldn’t imagine using a bar on my hair, I thought that it would feel funny and not lather well, the thought of it went through me.

I picked up the New Shampoo bar, which set me back £5.95. I can’t remember the name of the conditioner bar as it’s not on the site, but it also cost £5.95. This is both quite expensive for what I usually spend on hair care!

Lush Shampoo and Conditioner Bar
Lush Shampoo and Conditioner bars

So, the shampoo bar smells LOVELY. It’s mainly the cinnamon oil you can smell, which you all know is my favourite scent. It also has clove bud oil, nettle and peppermint infusion and rosemary absolute.

A solid bar with cinnamon, clove and peppermint to stimulate your scalp. Cinnamon leaf, bay and clove bud essential oils combine with peppermint to boost blood flow, stimulating the hair follicles. An infusion of nettle and peppermint helps to stimulate the scalp and promote healthy hair. Rosemary soothes, calms your scalp and adds a glorious shine to your hair.

I wish I could tell you more about the conditioner bar but I can’t. Because I’m an idiot. DOES ANYONE KNOW THE NAME OF THIS? PLEASE?

I am going to tweet and find out. BRB.

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Okay, I am back and according to Lush’s tweeeeteeeerrrrr, it’s The Plumps – which apparently is often different shades of pink – so that’s why I couldn’t find it on their site!

Lush Shampoo and Conditioner Bar
Lush Shampoo and Conditioner bars

If you fancy high-flying hair with plenty of texture, it’s high time you treated yourself to this well-rounded blend of sea salt, cedarwood and honey. The sandalwood fragrance may be grounding for the mind, but volumising sea salt speaks volumes about how your hair will feel afterwards. A little goes a long way, so simply stroke the bar directly over wet hair then rinse off.

So The Plumps contains sea salt, cedarwood and honey. I doesn’t really smell much until you use it then it has a chalky scent.

You run it through your hair when it’s wet to condition it.

Lush Shampoo and Conditioner Bar
Lush Shampoo and Conditioner bars

Honestly, I’m so disappointed with both these products! The only good thing to say about the shampoo bar is that it smells lovely and it really does lather up.

My hair just feels so sticky and dry after using this. It’s also caused my scalp to be so dry and itchy – I’m having to use intense over the counter shampoo now to help my scalp heal, which is a problem I’ve had in the past but I’ve not had it for ages!

The conditioner doesn’t do anything to condition at all. My hair feels dull, tacky, dry and lifeless after using these. Woe.

Another thing I didn’t like was how I didn’t know how to store them. I placed the shampoo bar on top of a jar if something else, and it kind of melted itself into the lid and ripped in half when tried to pull it away.

Lush Shampoo and Conditioner Bar
Lush Shampoo and Conditioner bars

So as you can tell, I’m not a fan of these bars at all and I don’t feel inspired to try any more of the Lush haircare range.

I think I’ll be sticking to the bath stuff in the future!

Have you ever tried any of these bars?

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  1. It sounds bad. I didn’t try them because I don’t like the idea of shampoo bars, it feels strange to me. It’s a shame they were so bad for you 🙁

  2. I do not like their bath bar pretty on a soap dish to decor. I prefer the facial mist bath bombs and their scrubs.

  3. I was thinking about going to Lush to try out their stuff, I don’t take baths so the bath products are moot for me. I don’t think I’ll be trying the hair care products, mostly because the idea of a shampoo (or conditioner) bar is not my cup of tea.

    Have you tried the shower jellies? I haven’t seen any reviews on them, but I haven’t looked hard either.

    Thanks for the post, I’m glad I didn’t waste my money on these products!


  4. They do or did sale a tin for the bars to go in. I’ve tried them before, and had the same issues as you had. Loved the scent, but my hair & scalp felt awful afterwards.

  5. Oh god, that’s awful that it made your scalp itch so bad! I also have a sensitive scalp and my friend has just bought this for me as an early birthday present haha. Maybe I’ll try it when I don’t have to go anywhere for a few days after haha! Thank you for sharing your thoughts on it!

  6. I do LOVE shampoo bars but I tried the ones from Lush a really long time ago and had a similar experience to yours. It actually ended up giving me dandruff and the conditioner bar left my hair more tangled than usual. I did discover Basin shampoo bars (I still use bottled conditioner) and they are lovely. They smell great, lather up something sexy and last FOREVER. I only know of the Basin store in Downtown Disney, Florida, so whenever someone I know goes I beg them to bring me back a tube of shampoo bars!

    Always bringing the conversation back to Disney!

    Sarah 🙂

  7. I haven’t tried out any of these bars before but I don’t think it would suit me either. My scalp recently tried out too because I was using too many harsh shampoos, I haven’t realised you could get a treatment for that 🙂

    Velvet Blush

  8. I’ve tried one of there conditioner bars before, can’t rember the name, but it was a green bar with a leaf on. It was awful, hardly condtioned my hair, just felt like it melted away. I love lush’s bath stuff but wont be buying the bars again anytime soon x

  9. Yes, it’s true. Lush’s shampoo bars are drying and can result very damaging especially if you have thin, treated or frizzy hair. In fact, one of the last time I went to a Lush shop I’ve bought Trichomania, a moisturizing coconut shampoo (not a bar). Me too, I’m disappointed with Lush solid hair conditioner, I used but still have Jungle, wich is a green bar but it didn’t help me in taming my wild hair :/
    Thank you for your review!!!

  10. Dry and itchy scalp is certainly the last thing anyone would want from shampoo. The whole concept of shampoo and conditioner in bar form is honestly just a little odd to me .

  11. Aww what a shame neither of the products worked out for you! At least you gave them a go though 🙂

    Hopefully your hair and scalp recover! I have quite sensitive skin so I have to be super careful with makeup, but I’m not too bad with shampoos. I’m currently trying to use up all the samples I’ve acquired over the years and while some have been terrible on my hair (how a ‘nourishing’ shampoo turns my hair into straw I’ll never know!) I’m lucky they haven’t damaged my scalp or made it irritated yet.

  12. I’ve never tried out the bars before but I have used other hair products from Lush and I have nothing but great things to say about the others such as conditioner in a pot and hair masks. Marilyn was my favourite, it made my hair feel great!

  13. I’m a fan of lush. I love their Woosh shower jelly which is bright blue and can also be used as a shampoo. I love multi tasking products!

    It’s a shame you weren’t impressed by the bars for your hair, would recommend the jelly as it wasn’t drying but do use conditioner 🙂

    Great post

  14. I am so glad that other people aren’t overrating lush (like I am). A bright green bath is just not appealing to me! Give me lovely oils and scents over that any day!

  15. I have always steered clear of using their hair products, just because firstly they look so strange to use but also that i thought they would dry my hair out. Shame they didn’t live up to your expectations Lucy x

  16. Oh I’ve used that cinnamon one. I thought it was okay – like you say, it does lather up well and has a lovely smell. I used one of my regular conditioners though so I can’t say I really noticed it being really dry. For me, it kind of felt like my hair had a weird coating after using the shampoo bar. Can’t really describe it more than that, but using regular conditioner got rid of that feeling! I didn’t buy again….

  17. I am so glad that I didn’t pick any of these up in the Lush sale. I was thinking about it but I couldn’t get over the fact it was in a solid form!

  18. I love the solid shampoo bars because they work well for me. The solid conditioners however, are totally useless and a waste of money. No conditioning results at all.

  19. I’ve used the solid shampoo on and off for a decade now and like them as they’re more eco than liquids and last a long time if you store them in a little plastic tub. However, my experience with the conditioner bar has been horrific. The lady in the shop told me to just rub it in my hands and then apply to my hair. That did NOTHING. So then I rubbed down my hair, tried to run fingers through, this resulted in me losing a tangled chunk from the end of my hair. I have literally just had the most painful detangling session of my adult life, and lost a lot of hair. I’ll be going back to Faith in Nature liquid conditioners.

  20. The thing is about the solid shampoos is that you can’t use much of it. I saw a lot of people using it like regular liquid shampoo, dragging the bar 10-20 times over their hair. That’s not what you’re supposed to do. You should give it about 3-4 wipes over your hair, if your hair is to dirty, work it in, rinse it and do 2-3 wipes again. The shampoo bars are an equivalent of about 3 (!!) bottles of liquid shampoo, so when you go over your head of hair too much with the shampoo bar, of course it’s going to dry out your hair, same happens when you use too much liquid shampoo really. Also never use pretty much any shampoo on your ends unless you fell in the mud haha, shampoo is meant to get grease from your scalp out of your hair, meaning on the ends of your hair there is rarely any grease from the scalp. Do have to agree on the solid conditioners, didn’t use the new formulas, but the old formula just didn’t completely do it for me, I do love their american cream conditioner.

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